Sunday, June 6, 2010

Albuminurophobia: The Fear of Kidney Disease

Albuminurophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of kidney disease.  People who suffer from this phobia are in a constant state of fear that they will develop kidney disease.  If their urinary habits change or if they start feeling pain in their back or stomach, they automatically fear that it’s kidney disease.

What causes Albuminurophobia?  There’s really no way to know for sure.  A traumatic event at young age could be the culprit. The death of a loved one with kidney disease or witnessing the effects of kidney disease could trigger this phobia.  Genetics may also play a role in the development of phobias.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Albuminurophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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